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The Perfect Place to Relax in the Algarve

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Villa in a Rural Setting in the Algarve

Casa da Encosta is a split-level Mediterranean villa nestled in the Algarve countryside, close to the charming town of Estoi, halfway up Serra de Monte Figo. The villa is located 30 minutes way from Faro’s International Airport and from the beaches of Olhão and Fuzeta.

Located in a quiet rural area in Eastern Algarve, away from the vacationing crowds, the villa is perfect for exploring the Ria Formosa delta and its amazing labyrinth of islands, lagoons and beaches, as well as the surrounding countryside, doted with almond trees and small towns.

Casa da Encosta is the perfect base from which to explore the culture, gastronomy and natural beauty of this unspoiled region.

The villa includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open space with a living room area on one level and dining and office areas on another level, kitchen, laundry room, terraces, patio, BBQ area, surrounding gardens, and parking.

The master bedroom is en suite and furnished with two single beds, shower, WC, single washbasin and a bidet.

The second bedroom is furnished with a double bed and a built-in closet.

The main bathroom is equipped with overhead shower, WC, and single washbasin.

The villa is located on a hill (“encosta”) and its different levels, both on the interior and on the exterior, offer different spaces for practical living, relaxation, and enjoyment of the surrounding landscape and ocean views, including the patio with BBQ and al fresco dinning, the sunbathing terraces and the garden.

Casa da Encosta is a self-catering villa and car hire is essential. Its multiple levels make it unsuitable for people with limited mobility.


Satellite TV

Wireless high-speed internet


Laundry machine

Dish washing machine



Electrical kettle

Coffee machine


Wood burning fireplace

Board games and cards


Towels and linens


Composting bin

Cleaning services can be arranged upon request (charged separately)

More Details

Dulce Pereira
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 January, 2017

About Dulce Pereira

I am a photographer living in New York. I grew up in Faro and Algarve is my home, no matter how far I travel or how long I stay away.

Dulce Pereira purchased this villa in 2011

Why Dulce Pereira chose Estoi

Casa da Encosta offers a relaxing setting, away from the crowded touristic areas, and an authentic experience of the Algarve. At the same time, it is close enough to the seashore and its easy to go to the beach everyday, if you are as much of a beach lover as I am.

What makes this villa unique

I renovated Casa da Encosta completely and I made sure to use local materials and fixtures, including locally-made terracotta floor tiles and custom-made carpentry work.

Things I love about Casa da Encosta: the birds chirping, the sheep that walk past my door with their shepard, all the sunlight coming through the windows, the almond tree flowers in the spring, the stars in the sky in the warm summer nights, grilling fish and peppers outside, relaxing by the fireplace in the cold winter nights, seeing plants grow in the vegetable garden, hiking the surrounding hills.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Barranco de São Miguel in Estoi

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • smoking allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom with two individual beds + extra bed available + en suite bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

The Perfect Place to Relax in the Algarve
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as described in the add. Impeccable and welcoming. Dulce is super nice and helpful making our stay unforgettable. The place is incredible surrounded by real and exquisite natural beauty. I strongly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Wonderfull stay

  • 5 of 5

Dulce is an amazing person, so friendly and kind that it´s impossible not to like him at 1st sight. Very cult and interested, Loyal, generous and respectful, she´s an amazing host, who will provide with the best possible experience.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Au calme et près de la côte...

  • 4 of 5

Une maison avec tout le confort nécessaire dans un environnement calme... La mer et les belles plages d'Algarve ne sont pas loin...

Dulce prend beaucoup de temps pour expliquer les choses et est fort sympathique...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Sophie! Je espère que vous pouvez retourner très bientôt!
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Between the coast and the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Very friendly house, beautiful and comfortable, located between the coast and the mountains, between the east and west of Algarve, perfect for relaxing in a peaceful setting and for exporing the region.

The central location allowed us to enjoy a holiday that oscillated between some more quite days, spent strolling through the countryside, lazing on the villa’s terraces and garden and dining under the stars, and some more active days spent exploring the coast, the beaches and the beautiful villages of the Algarve. The location is perfect as a base point to enjoy and explore the region.

The villa has a pleasant atmosphere and lots of space.

It was a real pleasure spending our holidays in this villa!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joana, it was a pleasure to receive you in Casa da Encosta. We hope you can return to the Algarve and to our villa sometime soon!
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Relaxed break in Algarve

  • 5 of 5

The Algarve region is so beautiful and so convenient to get to from our house in London that my family and I decided to rent the house for a much needed winter break in the sun away from the rumble of the city.

Though it was a bit early in the year to fully enjoy the beach, we still went on for long walks in the countryside, day trips to nearby villages, gorged on food, and more importantly, relaxed. The house is in the hills, but it's no so remote that you feel unsafe or totally cut off from civilisation - there's even a local supermarket a couple of miles away.

We had everything we needed (especially high speed internet for the kids!). The house is both traditionally Portuguese (loved the kitchen cabinets) and modern, which makes for a very charming interior design where you can easily feel at home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Charlotte, it was a pleasure hosting you and your family at Casa da Encosta!
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Unforgettable holidays

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic holiday at Casa da Encosta last summer.

The house is wonderful, completely renovated, clean, pleasant and comfortable. The feeling I had when I arrived was think that that's still much better than the pics of the web!

It is very well located because it is near the highway and the main tourist spots, but at the same time in a quiet place, surrounded by nature, ideal for walking and short hiking to the surrounding hills, (from where you can see the whole coastline), or visit small typical Portuguese villages.

We use the house as a base of operations for visiting the whole coast of the Algarve, where each site has its particularity and its magic (we buy the freshest fish at Olhao's market, we enjoy the narrow streets of Tavira, we walk around Faro, we took the ship at Estoi, we went to swim to the island of Farol or we collected shells at the Culatra island, in a superb holidays!) .

The house has all the amenities, perfect for families or groups. The rooms are large and the space invites you to rest . And if , as in my case , you can not disconnect from everything, the house also has wireless internet connection.

Of course we enjoyed the barbecue outside, where every night under the stars was the most pleasant of our intense holidays!

Recommended? Absolutely! hundred percent!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review! We are very happy that you had a great holiday in the Algarve and that you left with a good impression of our villa. You are welcome to come back whenever you want!
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Faro International Airport
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Olhão, Faro
Car: necessary

Casa da Encosta is a villa nestled in the Algarve countryside.

Located in a quite and relaxing area, away from the vacationing crowds, the villa is perfect for exploring the Ria Formosa delta and its amazing labyrinth of islands, lagoons and beaches, as well as the surrounding countryside, doted with almond and olive trees and charming small towns.

This is a self-catering villa and car hire is essential.

The villa is located 30 minutes way from Faro’s International Airport and about the same distance from the closest beaches (Olhão, Faro, Fuzeta).

There is a small local restaurant about two kilometers away and a local small supermarket about three kilometers away.

The closest town is Estoi, approximately five kilometers away (3 miles). Estoi is a charming small town in the foothills of Serra do Caldeirão. The town is also graced with two architectural wonders: the Palácio de Estói (a neo-classical palace) and the Milreu Roman ruins. The town is also known for its monthly market (where you can find almost anything, including fresh produce from nearby farmers) and its equestrian traditions. In Estoi you can also find a supermarket, ATM machines, a post office, and a pharmacy.

Olhão, the most important fish port in Eastern Algarve, is located less than 10 kilometers away (6 miles). Its cobbled streets wind through the Moorish-looking old town to the waterfront, with its sparkling views over the Ria Formosa lagoons, where the daily local market is located (fruit, vegetables, meat, deli, as well as an incredible variety of fish and sea food). From the pier, you can take boats to the beautiful beaches of Armona, Culatra and Farol – all great day trips.

Faro, some 15 kms away (9 miles), is the administrative capital of the Algarve but its walled town is still intact and features architectural styles from many centuries. Downtown has many charming buildings and is home to a cobbled pedestrian shopping area complete with terrace cafés and restaurants. There are two theatres, both with good mixed programs of plays, music and dance. Ferries from outside the walled town take you across the lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park to the beaches of Farol, Ilha Deserta and Ilha de Faro (there is also car access to Ilha de Faro).

Other nearby charming towns that deserve one, or several, visits are Tavira, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel, and Cacela.

The villa’s location is ideal for hiking the surrounding hills, where you can explore the local wild flora and the ocean views, and enjoy bird watching.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Barranco de São Miguel, Faro region

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5 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Check out cleaning fee £42.35
Tax Rate 6.0%

Negotiable rates for winter rentals (October through March).
Electricity and firewood are charged separately for winter rentals.
Payment of a damage protection deposit at check in (200 euros minimum or 20% of the rental fee), to be returned at check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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